My kids were really afraid they would hurt themselves after seeing videos of the rafting and especially of stories of the raft "tipping" over. After much encouragement and assurance, my kids age 11 and 9 joined the trip. By policy, they allow age 6 & up but the youngest rafter was 1 1/2 years old. There is a safety briefing and short instruction before the start of the trip.
We took the advance course but in retrospect 4 hours under the sun is a little too much for young kids especially when the river is slower but calmer compared to after it just rains. The beginner course is good enough for first timers and you don't miss that much compared to the advance course. (Remember to put sunblock on the knees and lap if you are wearing shorts or better bring the sunblock with you in the raft.)
Since the raft needs only 6 to paddle, small kids can take turns when you have 7 passengers. One can sit in the middle and take photos. With a good guide, he can easily master the rapids and keep it from flipping. (Its better to take a dip in the deeper and calmer portions of the river.) Since it didn't rain the last few weeks, the water was very clear. Its important to paddle when the guide says so to be able to maneuver the rapids.
The kids love getting splash when we go through the rapids and also splashing other boats. It was very enjoyable. They easily forgot their fears after they went through the first rapids. It looks a lot scarier in the videos than when your riding it.
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